Oberlin College is The most Environmentally friendly and self sufficient college in America. the entire campus community works together not only to aid their community but the entire global community to make the future safe and inhabitable, against pollution, global warming, starvation and the likes.

Re-purposing is The New Recycling at Oberlin College



 Light Bulb Brigade


All light bulbs on the campus are exchanged for the spiral energy efficient variety. Over 10,000 light bulbs were collected. students even ventured into the community outside of the college to make exchanges. Super cool

The Compost Work Group


Students came together in an effort that lead thin entire campus community to compost. All staff and incoming students sign a waiver to compost upon entering the College!

The Living Machine at Oberlin 2000

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This is one of my favorite. it is an inside waste water treatment facility with in the Adam Joseph Lewis center for environmental studies. All poop’s taken within this building ins taken within the building! Awesome



 Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies 2000

Oberlin College, Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Building, William McDonough, WM+P

Oberlin College, Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Building, William McDonough, WM+P


A self-sufficient Building built in 2000, that uses only solar power.

Evelyn Lee from inhabitat.com speaks on this Architectural marvel;

As the keystone building of Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies program, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center is ensuring that their students get hands-on training, by experiencing an ecologically friendly environment on a daily basis. All the materials within the center are recycled, reused, or sustainably grown and harvested. All of the fixtures and systems from the lighting, the plumbing, the air-conditioning are energy efficient and passive whenever possible.The interior and exterior landscape of the building contains a variety of constructed native northern Ohio ecosystems that not only provide food, but also provide responsible storm water management and storage. The unique landscape ecosystem houses an onsite ‘living machine’ that naturally cleanses and recycles waste water for reuse. Through curriculum and practice, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center is reinvestigating the human footprint left on the world, making it both a place of experimentation and demonstration while asking whether or not “… it (is) possible to build without compromising human and environmental health somewhere else or at some later time?” Only time will tell, but eight years later, they’re still leading the curve and asking the right questions, and finding sustainable solutions that are ecologically friendly.

Read more: OBERLIN COLLEGE: Setting a Sustainable Example in Ohio | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Justification For The Adam Joseph Lewis Center.

There need be no justification for This living project. It has spearhead nearly 200 other naturally self-sufficient structure around the world, and is serving as a model for sustainable city structures in our dying environment where there are barely enough trees to clean our air. this is the dream for are future where we can decrease if not eliminate our ecological foot print and safe our home planet. Imagine a world with a few sustainable buildings in each city.

Subject Vs. Content

The Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies is located on the Oberlin College campus in Oberlin, Ohio. It houses classroom and office space, an auditorium, a small environmental studies library and resource center, a wastewater-purification system in a greenhouse, and an open atrium. The entire roof of the building servers as a solar panel, and the beautiful glass windows that make up most of the building gives it an outside feel. It is a two story building completed in 2000. The building continues to be under construction as more is understood about it’s performance. The building is completely self-sufficient needing no outside energy.

This ongoing sustainable project is the future. I gives hope that maybe humans will not destroy the planet after all. Te Adam Joseph Lewis creates over 30% more energy, natural energy than is needed which is shared with the community. this building stands as a forerunner to over 200 other self-sufficient buildings. there are limitless possibility as to what can happen if this form of architecture is adapted world wide. it could possibly decrease the worlds ecological footprint. reduce waste put into our water systems, and maybe even make us less dependent on other sources of fuel or energy.


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